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Wednesday, June 23, 1999 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Between The Lines

Hack Wilson's Rbi Total Raised To 191

AP: Bloomberg News

NEW YORK - Hack Wilson's season record for runs batted in, one of the most enduring in baseball history, has become even more difficult to break.

Major League Baseball adjusted the Chicago Cub slugger's record RBI total to 191 from 190 after an extensive review of box scores and play-by-play accounts of the 1930 season.

Wilson's missing RBI was confirmed last week when a committee led by Jerome Holtzman, baseball's official historian, examined the issue.

The discrepancy in Wilson's RBI record stems from the second game of a doubleheader between the Cubs and Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on July 28, 1930. Wilson wasn't credited with an RBI in that game, as the official National League batting ledger instead credited Cub first baseman Charlie Grimm with two RBI.

NOTES

-- The Kansas City Royals claimed right-handed pitcher Mac Suzuki off waivers from the New York Mets. Suzuki went 0-2 with a 9.43 earned-run average in 16 games, including four starts, this season with the Mariners. The Mets obtained Suzuki in a trade with Seattle for left-handed pitcher Allen Watson, but he did not make an appearance with them.

-- Manager Larry Dierker, wearing a Houston Astros cap on his shaved head, left a Houston hospital today eight days after brain surgery. Dr. Rob Parrish said he expected Dierker to make a full recovery and return to the dugout after the All-Star break in mid-July.

-- Atlanta's Javy Lopez began 15 days on the disabled list today because of a sprained right knee. Eddie Perez becomes the Braves' starting catcher, and the team planned to call up Pascual Matos from Class AAA Richmond.

-- Boston reliever Tom Gordon has been told by doctors to rest his ailing right elbow for at least five weeks.

-- Fans will get a chance to vote for the top 25 players of the 20th century under a promotion announced by baseball and MasterCard. A panel of experts selected by Holtzman and the commissioner's office will select 100 players for the ballot.

-- Todd Stottlemyre threw a baseball for the first time since he suffered a partially torn rotator cuff five weeks ago. The Arizona Diamondback right-hander played catch for about 10 minutes and said he felt fine.

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